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Sunday May 10 2009

I’d like to think I speak for everyone here when I say “Huh?”

Posted by Michael Jennings on 10 May 2009

Okay what I did was post it wrongly spelled, then immediately corrected the errors, to see if the wrong version went anywhere, like here:

http://www.blognorregis.blogspot.com/

See all the posting titles on the left.

I think not.  I think it gets edited out if it’s silly.  Or maybe edited in, so to speak, if it’s okay.  Probably just as well.

I think I’ll do another posting here very soon.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 10 May 2009

The original version was entitled:

“Is the origonal versien of this with all the speling mistaks the one tha tgoes on all teh other blogs?”

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 10 May 2009

No, wrong, it showed up on Blognor Regis, but with all the spelling corrected, not as in the deranged first version.

So now, what I’ll do is re-introduce a spelling error and see what happens.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 10 May 2009

Which probably won’t work because I already put up that next posting, with two pictures, one featuring a pigeon, the other not, see above.

Anyone wondering how to get lots of comments might consider doing what I’ve been doing here, which is add lots of comments yourself.  Many will not read any of these comments, but will see only that there are many comments, and thus be more inclined to comment themselves, on postings that interest them (unlike this one) for real.

Window dressing eventually take over shop.  This is one of the numerous Micklethwait’s Laws.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 10 May 2009

Brian,

All that is happening is that the other blogs are using your RSS feed to auto-populate their blog-rolls.  There will often be a delay before they get the corrected version of any article you publish.

Posted by Charles Pooter on 11 May 2009

So they do get the corrected version.  Question answered.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 11 May 2009

Ah okay. It was all about RSS feeds. I understand now. I got that you have posted something with spelling errors and then fixed it, as the misspelled version is still in the URL. I just didn’t know why.

Posted by Michael Jennings on 11 May 2009

Using Bloglines, each time I log on, it tells me (in brackets) how many new posts there are on each of my chosen sites for me to enjoy.

Quite regularly, I get all excited thinking that “Ooh! Brian has been busy!!” only to find that 5 of the (8) are subtle alterations to themselves.

Fair breaks my heart, it does.

Posted by 6000 on 11 May 2009

6000

Thanks.  I’m learning a lot from this thread, even if noone else is.

Blogging, just the basic thing, is about the limit of my ability in this www thing.  RSS feeds, twitter, facebook, and all the rest of it, well, I probably could get to grips with some of that, but I’m now a bit like my Dad was with CDs.  Too much to learn, too little time to make proper use of it.  Plus, you get to a point where just making proper use of what you’ve got working (in his case a small collection of cassettes) is all you any longer want to do.

But, what you say is something I’ve always suspected, but never quite knew, about tiny and stupid little revisions causing multiple RSS activity.  Sorry about that.  Your comment will make me a little bit more careful to proof read my postings, and then if I have to change them, to do it less frenetically.  But, I fear that the UK libertarian bloggers list must be causing you great grief.  Can’t help that, I’m afraid.

What I really don’t like is when oldies confuse their oldiness with the claim that the new stuff is stupid, rather than it merely being that they are old.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 11 May 2009

I suspect that 6000 should be able to switch the settings on his RSS reader so that in the case of revisions, only the latest version will show up. Or if he can’t do that, he should switch RSS readers.

Posted by Michael Jennings on 11 May 2009

Yes, quite right. It’s all his fault.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 11 May 2009

Brian,
I think you might end up using Facebook and Twitter, and you might use RSS feeds.

The reason I don’t say you should do so, is that you haven’t found a compelling reason to do so.

If you REALLY wanted to know when someone’s writes something about you, or about something you want to know the latest about, you might work out an RSS reader. Bloglines has been very trendy but I hate one of its features and use the free web version of Newsgator.

Personally, I find it a bore to look up websites wondering if they’ve been updated.

Facebook? I’m sure you’d like the photo swapping, the easy networking and the calendar invites to things and reminders. I also think there are enough friends of yours using FB often enough that you’d find it fun and handy.

Twitter is something else. I think it, or a close imitator, will become the mobilization tool for events as diverse as a revolutionary uprising in one country, to a “help i’m locked out of the flat can anyone pick up the keys,” to “I’ve just posted something about trains on my blog.”

Twitter turns the mobile phone from a two-way conversation device into something that can be used for the rapid dissemination of unfiltered news.

I think you might find the “I’ve just posted” feature handy: it seems to be the quickest way of finding out what Guido’s up to, for one thing.

Posted by Antoine Clarke on 11 May 2009

"a revolutionary uprising in one country”

Didn’t something like this happen in Moldova recently?

Posted by Blognor Regis on 11 May 2009

It is all my fault. I was wrong. I deserve punishment for doing it. I will stop doing it.

But enough of the things MP’s aren’t saying.

I probably can switch that feature off, MJ, but take Brian’s ever-expanding list of Libertarian bloggers and twitterers. That is always in there as a “new” post.
Plus the fact that my RSS reader is set to update every minute, so that I don’t miss out on stuff. It’s unlikely that Brian (or anyone else) will post, read, correct and then repost inside 60 seconds. (I know there is often a slight delay between posting and RSS feed updates, but you get my point?)

Brian, I would love you to try twitter. It has changed the way I view the web. My only issue is that I find myself somewhat overwhelmed with information from time to time.

Posted by 6000 on 12 May 2009
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